New Directions Board of Trustees

Christine Weeks

President

Edward L. Arcara

Board Member

Peter Casilio

Board Member

Kevin Clark

Board Member

Roy H. Cunningham

Board Member

Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore

Secretary

Kevin Quattrone

Board Member

Howard T. VanRensselaer

Board Member

Christine Bluhm

Board Member

Arthur F. DuC. Musarra

Board Member

Jason Ruhlman

Board Member

Leadership Team

Administration +
James Coder, MSW, LCSW-R, Chief Executive Officer: Starting in 1973 as a youth counselor with Wyndham Residential Services, Jim has dedicated his entire professional career to youth and their families. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology and his master's degree in social work, both from the University at Buffalo. His professional interests include trauma treatment and group therapy.
Educational Services +
Patricia McMahon, MSW, LCSW-R, Educational Services Director: Patty joined New Directions in 2003 as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, where she created a life skills program. She moved to Henrietta G. Lewis Campus School where she served in the roles of career and finance teacher, life skills coordinator, and school counselor. She was named principal in 2008. Mrs. McMahon attended Niagara University, receiving her bachelor's degree in social work in 1999; her master's in education, school counseling in 2002, and her certification as a school building leader in 2008. She is permanently certified in school counseling.
Residential Services +
Ed Gargala, MSW, LCSW: Ed has worked at our agency for more than 20 years, starting as a youth counselor at Wyndham Lawn in 1978. During his career, he has also worked at other agencies as a psychiatric social worker and as director of a residential program. Ed returned to New Directions in 2002 to direct Wyndham Lawn. He holds a master's degree in education from Buffalo State College, and a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.

Mark Wickerham, Director Randolph Residential Services: Mark joined our agency in 1992 as an assistant childcare coordinator at Randolph Children's Home. He developed and directed our non-secure detention program and group homes program. Before joining New Directions, he was a teacher-counselor at a wilderness rehabilitation program, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Pittsburgh, supervisor of a group home, and a foster care social worker. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Thiel College. His professional interests include childcare practices.

Narda Gatgen, MSW, LCSW-R, Clinical Director Wyndham Lawn and Randolph Residential Services: Narda Gatgen joined our agency in 1992 as a social worker in the residential program at Randolph Children's Home. She helped develop our Zafron Home for Parenting Teens, and was one of the initial (and current) trainers for our Normative Culture and Guided Group Interaction (GGI) initiatives. She has also been the supervisor of Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care South and clinical director at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children. Her professional interests include grief and loss, group work, and child and youth mental health. She received her bachelor's in social work from Mercyhurst College (1987) and her master's in social work from the University of Pittsburgh (1991).

Foster Care and Adoption Services +
Leslie Shellenbarger, MSSA, LCSW-R: Leslie joined our agency in 1992 as a social worker for the residential program at Randolph Children's Home, and in 1994, became social work supervisor. In 1996, she moved to the Global Village Therapeutic Foster Care Program as a social worker. In 2000, she became clinical director for Global Village South, and in 2006 assumed supervision of the post-adoption program in the Southern Tier. Leslie received her bachelor's in social work from Edinboro University in 1988 and her master's of science in social administration from Case-Western Reserve University in 1991. Her professional interests include permanency for children.